Jagger Library Recovery

  • Fragments of the African Film Collection Survived the Fire
    By Andrea Walker with  Bev Angus Andrea Walker is an audiovisual archivist in Special Collections, chiefly responsible for the Audiovisual Archive. Bev Angus retired at the end of 2021, after decades working in Special Collections, curating the African Film Collection. Initially believed to be entirely destroyed by fire, the AV team has recovered at least […]
  • Film students and the Digital archive
    By Susan Mvungi Susan Mvungi is an archivist in the Primary Collections Department in Special Collections, UCT Libraries Susan Harris showing film students how to use the Cintel scanner (Scans 16mm and 35mm film) The Audio-visual archive was water damaged from the Jagger Library fire in April 2021, as it was housed in the basement. […]
  • Exploring architectural archives in recovery
    Compiled by Michal Singer with contributions from Isaac Ntabankulu (UCT Libraries) and Theophile de Bonnaventure (Memorist South Africa) For decades, large and unwieldy drawings and plans have made physical – and digital – access elusive and risk damage to the materials. In 1993, Jill Gribble, former archivist in the Manuscripts and Archives Department, recounted that […]
  • Digitising the AV Archive
    The fire was a devastating tragedy that resulted in a massive loss of unique local material. The Audiovisual Archive (AVA) used to live in the basement, so it escaped the flames. I was concerned about water damage, but for some reason it hadn’t occurred to me that most buildings aim to be watertight. Once staff […]
  • Video Restoration Television (VRTV) Audio-Visual Project at UCT
    By Susan Harris Susan Harris is a Director at VRTV, Bladeworks post production facilities for TV, digital, advertising and film projects and campaigns VRTV are thrilled to be involved with the restoration and digitisation of the audio-visual material that was salvaged from the Jagger Library in April 2021, as well as film reels that have […]